Good Morning Football Host Peter Schrager outlines an interesting draft day scenario for the Arizona Cardinals. In Schrager’s latest mock draft, he projects the Cardinals to pull off a blockbuster trade with the Detroit Lions, which will move them up to the seventh overall selection to select Florida tight end, Kyle Pitts.
Pitts posted phenomenal numbers during limited appearances in 2020 with 43 receptions, 770 receiving yards, and 12 touchdowns over an 8-game stretch. Pitts also averaged 17.9 yards per reception.
And while the Cardinals signed A.J. Green to try and draw attention away from star receiver DeAndre Hopkins, we can call the Green signing a gamble, given his lack of production since 2018. If the Cardinals pull off such a trade to bring in Pitts, they can use the tight end at multiple positions, including the WR2 spot.
More than just a Calvin Johnson clone with his 6’6, 245-lb frame, Pitts also impressed with a 4.44-second 40-yard-dash while logging 22 reps on the bench press. He possessed an outstanding 83 and 3/8s wingspan, recorded 10-foot, 9-inch broad jump, and posted a 33.5-inch vertical leap.
At the absolute least, Keim must work the phones on draft day to sneak into the top ten to grab Pitts, as I have mentioned in previous posts regarding Pitts. Pitts will complete the Cardinals’ offense. One that has lacked an adequate tight end in recent memory, though Dan Arnold provided a decent stopgap as the TE1 in 2020.
Since Keim has remained aggressive throughout the offseason that started off with a bang when he won the J.J. Watt sweepstakes, it’s becoming more believable by the second that Schrager’s projection will turn into a reality. And if it does, no one on the Cardinals’ offense will benefit more than quarterback Kyler Murray, who will have gotten quite the security blanket in one of the NFL Draft’s most exciting prospects.
Expect Keim to do all he can to trade up in Day One to complete what has thus far been a busy offseason. And it will put the Cardinals one step closer to contending in the NFC West.